By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – The Russian Alatyr Stone, sometimes called the World Mother (Алатырь каменьям – мире мати) is a search for purity and truth and as a legend lost long ago on earth. The Russian myth explains it as a Mystical Stone of folktale and epic proportions, as the Russians prefer to call their legends. There is another Slavic symbol that is carried by the Slavic Christmas traditions, which is also a symbol known as Alatyr (symbol).
Alatyr is the name of the symbol of ancient Slavic and Russian embroidery and weaving and is one of the most interesting topics. The origins of the name Alatyr for a symbol that looks like a flower or a star is still a mystery. Udmurts call this symbol the “Tolez” (the moon) and this symbol is on the flag of Mordovia, describing it as “a solar sign – an 8-point rosette in madder colors of the sun, goodness, warmth, openness.”
For Latvians, this symbol is called Auseklis, meanings are attributed to the “rising sun”, the “rising star” and also the “rising moon”. It is also written that Auseklis was the name of an ancient pagan deity that revives and rebirths life. The Alatyr stone is founded as a river, and then later a city – but not the name of Russian symbol.
There was no doubt that this symbol existed in ancient times, as it abundantly adorns Belarusian women’s traditional bloudses, embroidered with a satin stitch, and in Estonia, patterned belts woven on a thread, there are many examples.
This symbol in Ukraine is connected to a song and a winter pagan celebrationi called Kolyadki, Kalëdienë, Kolyada, Kolada, Kolędowanie, Koljada-Kolęda, Kraczun in reference to the seasonal year. Vasilyev Kolyada is celebrated on the eve of the old New Year, Jan 13th. The Midnight Sun (Winter Night) of the spinning circle, the dance of happiness.
Koliada, Belarusian, Каляда, Kalyada; Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene Koledsa; Bulgarian, Macedonia, Serbian Коледа, Kashubian kòlãda; Lithuanian Kalėdos, Kalëdienë, Kalėda; Polish Koljada-Kolęda, Kraczun, Kolędowanie; Romanian Kolinda; Russian Коляда, Kolyada; Ukraine Kolyadá all have a similar symbol for this time of year with this symbol.
The Alatyr Stone in legend is said to be white and flaming, from under the Alatyr Stone the swift rivers started flowing. Among forests and fields to heal the entire world. The Alatyr Stone (Russian ла́тырь: ‘white, flaming stone’) is a sacred stone in medieval Russian literature and Russian Charms with both medicinal and magic properties as well as healing rivers spread from under it across the world.
Alatyr is guarded by the wise serpent Garafena and the bird Gagana making the stone a feminine or mother stone with those two ancient symbols. There is also a legend that says the flaming white stone Alatyr appeared in the beginning of times when it was lifted from the bottom of the Milky Ocean by the World Duck. Alatyr was very small, so the Duck wanted to hide it in its beak. The Duck dropped it, where the flaming white Alatyr Stone fell down and then the Alatyr Mountain rose.
Alatyr (also olatyr, latyr, altar, vivtar) the ‘while flaming stone’ is the beginning and center of the World. It holds the World Tree on it and sheds life-giving waters. The word “altar” originates from alatyr. It is wisdom and bears all guarding symbols.
Where is the Alatyr Stone? Philosophically it is everywhere and nowhere. It’s in every small stone and in mountain masses. Alatyr is impenetrable and beyond the grasp of human mind. It’s the primordial stone between woman and the earth. The symbol of Alatyr is a star with eight vertices, eight-pointed star.
Russia and Ukraine along with all other East Slavic languages, is a lineal descendant of the colloquial language used in Kievan Rus’ from the 10th–13th centuries. Alatyr carries the power of the Midnight Sun (the Season of Night) which is a prehistory, pre-pagan symbol. The Alatyr symbol that the Slavic pagan uses, is one of the most powerful and most common, it protects its owner from diseases and brings well-being (balance) to one’s personal space.
The symbolic and real legend of the Alatyr, states that a long time ago it was given to travelers for a long journey to bless their way. As a sacred amulet, its used to preserve the family hearth and the hearth fires (creation of woman) since all hearth fires world wide were the responsibility of priestess and before paganism, the female shamans.
Since Alatyr already bares all amulet’s characteristics, all the other charms, talisman and amulets are just small manifestations of the sacred Alatyr. Amulet can be worn under clothing, close to the heart, sewn onto clothing like most traditional Slavic, Nordic and Balkan folk clothing, or it can be combined with other pendants and necklaces for different uses.
Alatyr, even though connected in the bigger collective of the ancient Slavic and Balkan symbolism, is the ancient Midnight Sun. the white flame which can even be interpreted as the luminous white of the moon or a moon stone. Slavic and Russian lore says:
The search for the meaning of life through our soul and how both spiritual pagan men and women searched by connecting with the greater soul of the earth mother. Under this hidden Stone Alatyr it is said: “powerful forces offer the treasures of wisdom and keeps the dreaming alive.”
Of course the great treasure in all world myths and teachings is our greater soul which does hold all our ancient wisdom, which some refer to as the divine higher self, only blocked by our lifetimes of karma. Some stories say that the Stone is located near a portal (entrance) to the underworld, for the dark and light are of equal strength and always exist right next to one another.
In folklore there are a few places that have been mentioned about its location. The most mysterious is somewhere out in the ocean, the other is the Legends saying it is near the banks of the River Currant and a third version says its hidden in a sacred mountain in Rhipaean Mountains (The Urals).
Eastern and Southern Slavs say the Stone is within Irie (the Slavic Paradise) where thunder and lightning rests in the winter season. The legend says that Alatyr is the mother of all our stones because of its healing powers, containing great wisdom and all life-giving love. Seekers keep searching but it is never found and that we cannot enter such legends until we are pure (have no more karma).
The Magical Stone of Alatyr
White combustible Stone Alatyr
The all stone in the world mother
from under the pebble from Alatyr
Beget pure winds. From under the
pebble from Alatyr, the waters
flow fast, around the world for
food, the whole world of healing.
According to another legend, there are nine Alatyr stones (one stone that was fragmented) and buried in the walls of nine cities. Others believe its a large piece of mystical amber, for this is the only stone that is cold, but can also be ignited (combustible) but it’s not a white.
There is speculation that the island Buyan – Ruyan or Rügen in the Baltic Sea (Alatyrsky Sea), is where this stone may sit but those are the later versions and I highly doubt that one. Alatyr is often described as a mountain, while amber is found only in small formations near the ocean, but oceans also have ‘older’ mountains under water.
Some Russian epics say that the Alatyr Stone appears like a stone lying on the crossroads (meaning that it only exists in-between the veils, (energetic or dreaming worlds) of earth and that it awaits for the right traveler. If he or she went on the given road, they would find it, this legend I agree with because at certain higher levels of earth, one cannot enter and they must not have any previous life’s karma.
It is mystical stone for a good reason, so its safe and protected from those who would do harm unknowingly without the great insight (no karma of any lifetime left).
“On the Sea on Okiyane “На море на Окияне есть
we have the white-combustible бел-горюч камень
stone Alatyr, unknown Алатырь, никем
by anyone.” неведомый.”
According to a number of German and Eastern (Arabic and Persian) sources and Slavic negotiators who called themselves “Rus” a report that the Persian geographer Abu al-Qasim ibn Khordadbeh, writer of the “Book of Ways and Countries” which was written between 846 – 847 ce and he had his clues. Russ is one of the tribes of the Slavs who say only a Slav will be able to go back into time far enough to communicate with mother earth and only she will know where it is.
In some sources they speak of “the Island of the Russ or Rus’ which clearly shows the peninsula Ruyan (Rügen), one of the most important sacred centers of the Slavs — the Temple City of Arkona. The word Buyan is clearly of Russian origin and the root, means to blow (wind or whispering) and as applied to a forest’s movement, signifying a vigorous spirit of the forest.
The connection is clearly “wind-swept.” In the early Russian ballads the invariable formula is Na ostrove na Buydne (on the island of Buyan) is highly probable that Buyan became a substantive only later, and at first was adjectival and meant “windy island.”
Legend says the healing waters flow from beneath the Alatyr Stone and on it stands the Dreaming Tree and that this stone is still guarded by two mythical celestials, a Gagana Bird and the Garefena Serpent. Only the mysterious bird called Strafil (the firebird) the Mother of all birds can enter the Paradise Island and on whom the whole of the moist earth is founded; and that if the fish shall drown, all the moist earth will fall to pieces.
In the texts of the Golubinoy books, which was published by Kirshey Danilov, legends say that the Stone, the Firebird and Magpie are connected and when I was translating this from Russian – I liked the way this translation turned out syncronistically all on its own…
Nagai Island (Alaska) – all birds of prey
and she lives on the Ocean-Sea
near the national nest on Obama’s White,
the stone welled up Visitors korabelschiki
on the nest of Nagai Island (Alaska) – birds
and on his detushek of small.
Nagai Island (Alaska) – bird vostrepenetsya,
Ocean-Sea vosklolybletsya, it replenishes
rivers razlivalisya, Alexander many quick ships,
Alexander many chervlenye ships.
For those of you who made it to the end of this article…
The Russian Alatyr Stone was never a stone,
it is one of the Four Great Celestial Dragons
of Mother Earth and much larger
than the other three.
The “windy island” was the ocean floor and the “white combustible stone” meant that the dragon had to free itself through some sort of combustion (breaking free). Men fell asleep and their own legends were corrupted by the battles in their heart, and Christian Religion which killed the dreaming of the Dragons corrupted the legend even more.
The Goddess was protected by the “old dreamers” and the real dragons were to help prevent the destruction of the Soul. Because men know nothing of woman and her story before history,,, the Magical Stone itself was only “frozen” in time, not dead nor lost. Prophecy was never stated anywhere in any this legends, the Russian Dragon, this Stone of Alatyr.
Sources: Saint Juraj (George) and the Dragon, Zagreb, Croatia; Wiki Europe, Various Russian Pagan sites, Encyclopedia Mythica, Song of the Alatyr by Maestro Vladimir Sidorov’s Youtube page.